Bruno is hardly the spitting image of the three-time world champion, but there are distinct similarities - to the extent that talking to him is a mildly disconcerting experience for anyone who followed Ayrton's career.
Bruno has the same liquid brown eyes, the same soft mouth, and he has inherited many of the same mannerisms.
Blancpain Endurance Series Stock Car Brasil FIA World Endurance Championship American Le Mans Series Formula One Le Mans Series GP2 Asia Series Formula One testing Ferrari Challenge GP2 Series Porsche Supercup Porsche Carrera Cup Germany British Formula Three Championship Formula BMW UK Asian Formula Renault Challenge, born 15 October 1983) is a Brazilian professional racing driver currently racing for Aston Martin in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
He is the nephew of the late Ayrton Senna, three-time Formula One world champion. He made his début driving for Hispania Racing in 2010, raced for Renault from August 2011 as a replacement for Nick Heidfeld, and drove for the Williams team in 2012.
They were words to haunt a child whose father, Flavio Lalli, also died tragically in a motorcycle accident just a few months after Ayrton's crash; whose whole world was turned upside-down. The first few years, I was like 'OK, it's not going to happen so just leave it'.
"You know, when somebody in your family dies..." Senna tries to explain. "But after a while it [not racing] started bothering me a lot. I didn't speak to my family about it because it was such a taboo subject that I just had to hide it. I didn't feel comfortable doing it, although I did sometimes.
Charming, self-deprecating, he is as laid-back as they come.
But it is his physical resemblance to Ayrton, who was killed in a crash during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, that is most striking.There are fleeting moments - a sideways glance, a look - when it could almost be Ayrton sitting opposite you.Bruno is well aware of this, and tells a story about a day he was driving one of Ayrton's old Mc Larens at the Goodwood Festival of Speed historic car event.Ayrton's death while driving a Williams at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, however, brought Bruno's own racing career to an abrupt halt.Despite these setbacks including the death of his father in a motorbike accident in 1996, Senna's mother Viviane had reluctantly backed her son's interest in motor racing.Even though Ayrton wasn’t there any more, he left me with a philosophy I have never forgotten.’ His own mark of respect to the memory of his uncle is reflected in his race helmet, which bears the colours of the Brazilian flag, a design forever associated with Ayrton.